Planning After the Fact

I suppose that is a contradiction of sorts.  Or at least it might seem like a bad idea. But it seems to work for me.  I don’t follow patterns all that well, and sometimes it’s just more fun to make it up as I go along.  Of course that also means that I end up making more work for myself or that things don’t turn out, or that in the end I realize that the project could have been better or easier.

Let me back up.  I made a purse out of the leg of a pair of jeans I couldn’t wear anymore.  I mulled around the idea for awhile, and finally decided to use the leg instead of the top part (which I did years ago when I was a teenager and they were cool in the 1970s).  I looked online at various ideas, but didn’t see anything that really struck me so I just decided to go for it and let it lead me where it would.  It seemed like the perfect project to help me learn how to use my new machine and remember how to do the few things I already know how to do, sewingwise.

I had to buy a few supplies that I don’t keep on hand anymore (or if I do they have managed to hide themselves so well that I finally gave up looking).  That took some time as our local craft store has a pretty thin selection of sewing notions, as well as our closest Walmart.  They used to have a fabulous fabric section but several years ago they did away with it, and now they carry very little in the way of sewing supplies.  Sad.  But I was able to scrounge up what I needed and make a sort of a plan (which fell apart as I went along) and got to work.

I didn’t take very good photos since my plan was such a non-plan, but I will try to explain what I did.  It wasn’t really very complicated.  In the end I was pleased enough with the purse to send it on as a gift, so it could have been worse!  You can find the gory details here at Jeans Purse with Heart.

And please go check out Handmade Monday.  I have been very negligent with my blog and with my good friends over there.  I’ve been sick since we got back from our vacation, and have not been keeping up very well.  So Please go over there and say hi, they do the best stuff!  In fact, they are the reason I am trying to learn to sew!  🙂

Finished Purse